How do your teeth change as you age?

Published On: Jul 17 2013 01:09:56 PM EDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

As people age, many changes happen to their body, including their teeth. Find out what you can expect to happen to your oral health.

What's happening
Your gums might pull back (recede) from your teeth. Certain medications, such as those that treat allergies, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can also cause dry mouth. As a result, your teeth and gums might become slightly more vulnerable to decay and infection.

What you can do
To promote oral health:

  • Brush and floss. Brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth — using regular dental floss or an interdental cleaner — once a day.
  • Schedule regular checkups. Visit your dentist or dental hygienist for regular dental checkups.

    Source: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aging/HA00040/NSECTIONGROUP=2

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